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One of our favorite places we visited on our 2008 trip was the Ahihi Kina’u Natural Area Reserve south of Makena State Park. The color of the black lava against the amazing blue ocean was unbelievable. We went to the end of the road to La Perouse Bay and also checked out Ahihi Cove.

However we discovered that this area has since been closed. The government of Hawaii was worried about the impacts to the area because it was becoming so popular. So they shut it down until July 31, 2010 at the earliest. (The closure has since been extended to July 31, 2012 – see link below) Luckily we found out about the closure on the Maui Revealed updates page, or we would definitely have gone back down there during our 2009 trip.

Here is a photo looking back towards Big Beach.

Big Beach, Maui

In case you would like to read the full story behind the closure, you can read the News Release here. But if you aren’t into reading all of that, all you need to know is that the area is closed and you may be issued a fine of up to $1000 and/or one year in jail if found there. So it is better to stay away for now.

 

UPDATE:

It turns out that portions of the Reserve Area will remain closed for an additional two years, until at least July 31, 2012. Here is the link to the press release:

http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw/nars/reserves/maui/ahihikinau

http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/ecosystems/nars/reserves/maui/ahihi-kinau/

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